Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES--Livestock producers from Colorado and New Mexico will sell more than 20 performance-tested bulls March 27 in Abiquiu at the El Sueno del Corazon Ranch off County Road 155.
The bulls have been part of the Northern New Mexico Bull Test, sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Since early October, the bulls have been monitored for weight gain and breeding potential.
"In this centralized test, we bring young, purebred bulls to a controlled environment and provide similar feeds," said Tony Valdez, Extension agent in Rio Arriba County. "Then we compare the bulls to determine which are the most efficient at converting feed to weight gain." The top 90 percent will be available for sale at the auction.
Breeds for sale will include Black Angus, Blonde d'Aquitaine, Brangus, Gelbvieh, Polled Hereford, Saler and Santa Gertrudis.
"The bull test sale is beneficial for both producers and prospective buyers," Valdez said. "The producers have the opportunity to share information with other commercial breeders about improving the quality of their herds, and the buyers are able to compare a variety of breeds in one location before making their final decisions."
The sale will begin at 1 p.m. on March 27. Lunch at noon will be provided by a local 4-H club.
For more information about the bull sale, contact Valdez at (505)753-3405. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this event, please contact Valdez in advance.
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